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John Damberg

John Damberg - Alternate Mode Artist
John Damberg - Alternate Mode Artist

John Damberg is a master vibist, marimbist, percussionist, composer and educator

who has enjoyed a successful career in music spanning 43 years. John currently

resides in Anchorage, Alaska where he is the leader of the John Damberg Latin

Jazz Quintet, co-leader of JoMaLa, the Instructor of Percussion at the University

of Alaska Anchorage, the Executive Director of the Alaska Jazz Workshop (AJW),

and the past President & Vice-President of the Percussive Arts Society Alaska

Chapter. John is an active performer on the Alaska and Pacific Northwest music

scenes and he is an ardent promoter of jazz & percussion education.


John Damberg holds a BM degree in percussion performance from Wayne State

University, a MM in Jazz Studies and Ethnomusicology from the University of

Washington, and a BM in Education from the University of Alaska Anchorage.


As a percussionist, John has performed in a wide variety of musical settings

nationally and internationally including: original Latin and jazz ensembles,

recording studio dates for Motown Records, with the Detroit, Seattle and

Anchorage Symphony Orchestras and Broadway touring shows. John has

performed with internationally acclaimed jazz artists including: Milt Jackson,

Rebeca Mauleon, Cedar Walton, Wynton Marsalis, Michael Davis, Bobby Shew,

Denis Diblasio, Allison Miller, Oscar Stagnaro, Mimi Fox, Steve Erquiaga, Carl

Saunders, & Robert Michaels and with nationally renowned entertainers including:

Harry Connick Jr., Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, the Temptations, Gladys Knight

and the Pips, Sammy Davis Jr., Joel Gray, Liberace, and Bob Hope. He has

performed in many Broadway touring shows including: “A Chorus Line”, “The

Wiz”, “The King and I”, and “A Man of La Mancha”.


As a composer, John writes music for the John Damberg Latin Jazz Quintet,

JoMaLa, and for other creative projects including: movie sound tracks, travel

videos and children’s educational videos. He is currently working on new

compositions for his new CD to be released in Fall of 2012. John’s compositions

have been featured on the 2005 release of Azure-JoMaLa Jazz , the 1998 release

of Angie’s Samba by the John Damberg Latin Jazz Quintet, the 1993 release of

Human Hands: a Composers and Improvisors Ensemble, on his 1985 release of

Soaring and on numerous videos including Cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage and

the award winning children’s video Monty the Moose.


John Damberg Creative Music/Cravin’ Records

1600 Wolverine St, Anchorage, Ak 99504

(907) 332-3234 E-mail: